Jill Brown Fryar, M.Ed., L.C.S.W.
Jill Brown Fryar, L.C.S.W. is
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and native Texan. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education
at Southwestern University and then attended the University of Texas earning a
Master’s of Education in special education for emotionally disturbed children. Jill worked as a behavior interventionist in public
schools and a teacher in a private therapeutic preschool in Houston. Prior to
returning to graduate school in social work she was the Intake/Training
Coordinator at Depelchin Children’s Center Residential Program.
Jill earned her Master’s of
Social Work degree at the University of Houston specializing in clinical work
with children and families. She worked
in the Social Work Department of West Oaks Psychiatric Hospital providing
therapy to inpatients and outpatients in the modalities of family, group and
individual therapy. After leaving West
Oaks Jill worked as a child and family therapist in association with
psychiatrist William Streusand, M.D. and for a nonprofit organization providing
therapy for sexually abused children and adolescents.
Jill began working with Dr.
Forrester in 1996 at Texas Children’s Hospital leading social skills groups for
preschoolers and conducting family and individual therapy. During this time she served as a Clinical
Field Instructor for the University of Houston Social Work School and also supervised
psychology interns and fellows, as well as LPC interns. She continued the work at TCH as an Instructor
for Baylor College of Medicine in the Psychology Service of the Department of
Pediatrics. Her work focused on
preschoolers primarily diagnosed with anxiety, but also those presenting with
behavior difficulties and adjustment disorders, including adjustment to
traumatic events. She has extensive
experience with children diagnosed with selective mutism and is a recognized
specialist by the Selective Mutism Network.
Jill uses play to engage with young children and develop a therapeutic
relationship. The evidenced based
approaches of cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior management strategies
are utilized in the treatment. Parents
are an integral part of these approaches and emphasis is on empowering them as
agents of change. Jill’s respect for parents and their relationship with children
is the foundation of her work.
9601 Katy Freeway, Suite 175 • Houston, TX 77024